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Acta Neurol Belg. 1999 Mar;99(1):61-4.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis.

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Nationaal MS Centrum, Steenokkerzeel.

Abstract

Although primarily used for treatment of stress incontinence, pelvic floor rehabilitation has been reported to have some value in the treatment of detrusor instability and urgency. In neurogenic bladder dysfunction due to Multiple Sclerosis, many authors have suggested the possible use of pelvic floor rehabilitation as a treatment modality. Therefore, we designed an open prospective trial to look at the possible role of pelvic floor rehabilitation in voiding dysfunction due to MS, concentrating upon the clinical and neurological parameters in relation to the outcome. A new scoring system for pelvic floor dysfunction is introduced. Thirty female patients were evaluated. In 25, the strength of the pelvic floor was significantly improved after one month (p < 0.001). In all patients but one the endurance score improved significantly (p < 0.001) as did the exhaustibility score (p = 0.01). The relaxation score on the other hand did not show any significant evolution despite intensive training. Cystometric findings after one month did not significantly differ from the initial cystometric findings. There was a significant increase in the mean functional bladder capacity as read from the voiding charts from 173.8 cc +/- 53.9 cc to 208.5 cc +/- 57.6 cc (p = 0.005). Also the mean urinary frequency decreased significantly from 12.7 +/- 3.6 to 9.1 +/- 2.6 (p < 0.01) as did the mean number of daily incontinent episodes from 2.8 +/- 1.3 to 1.5 +/- 1.5 (p < 0.01). Pelvic floor rehabiltation has a place in the treatment of MS patients with a low Kurtzke score and without pelvic floor spasticity.

PMID:
10218095
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